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"Estar agradecido" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be thankful", and "agradecer" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to thank". Learn more about the difference between "estar agradecido" and "agradecer" below.
estar agradecido(
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tahr
 
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grah
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deh
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. to be thankful
Deberías estar agradecido por tener una familia que te apoya.You should be thankful for having a family who supports you.
b. to be grateful
Estoy agradecido por esta oportunidad. Me ha cambiado la vida.I'm grateful for this opportunity. It has changed my life.
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agradecer(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to show gratitude)
a. to thank
Solo quería agradecerte por todo lo que has hecho por nosotros.I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for us.
Hay que mandarle una tarjeta a tu abuela para agradecerle por el regalo que nos mandó.We need to send your grandmother a card to thank her for the present she sent us.
2. (to feel gratitude)
a. to be grateful
Agradecemos que nos hayan dado esta tremenda oportunidad.We're grateful to be given this tremendous opportunity.
agradecerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to be pleasant)
a. to be welcome
El sol siempre se agradece tras muchos días de lluvia.The sun is always welcome after many days of rain.
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